NEW DELHI, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- At least 12 people, including a journalist, have been killed while 40 others injured so far in communal clashes which broke out between members of two communities in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh Saturday, a senior police official said Sunday.
The incident started in the state's Muzaffarnagar District following the murder of a person of a particular community whose members lynched two members of another community in retaliation some days back. Soon, it spread to nearby villages.
"A journalist of a private news channel was killed while shooting the footage of the unrest. Curfew has been imposed on the area and a contingent of Indian Army deployed. The situation is now under control," the official said, on condition of anonymity.
State Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has called the incidents of violence "sad and unfortunate" and vowed to take strict action against those found guilty.
"We have given order to take strict action if required. Curfew has also been imposed in certain places. I appeal to the people to maintain peace and do not believe in rumours. Action will be taken against those who try to disturb the peace and order," Yadav said.
The Chief Minister has also announced a compensation of two lakh rupees (4,000 U.S. dollars) each to the families of all those killed and 50,000 rupees (1,000 U.S. dollars) to each of those seriously injured.